High energy, 4-part harmony, singing swing band combing the best of New Orleans and UK swing - playing well known and original swing.
BIO Starting out life as a busking trio, the Swing Ninjas, now up to an 8-piece band, headline festivals from Virginia to Istanbul. Playing and singing a mix of New Orleans' swing and new UK swing, with a modern musical flair, this Brighton (UK) based band is taking the sound of a raucous 1930s band to all stages and parties that can fit them on. With 2 original albums and 4 albums of classic NOLA-UK jazz/swing, it’s little wonder this fun-loving, charming and soulful group play over 150 shows a year. Uniquely, they can be mobile (walkabout) or mic'd up on stage - or both! 100 year-old music is given a breathe of fresh air by the highly skilled energetic performance, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress and tongue-in-cheek charm of the band. This is not stagnant swing and jazz as you know it. The main band comprises of alto sax, helicon/tuba, Gibson guitar, double bass, piano and drums (depending on the size of band) and features group vocal harmonies. GIG HIGHLIGHTS Recent public gig highlights include a tour to Virgina (USA) New Orleans (USA), Lenk (Switzerland), WOMAD Festival (UK), Twinwood Festival (UK), Guinness Jazz Festival (Ireland), Hamburg Lindy Exchange (2014), Moods Jazz Club (Zurich), Oxford Lindy Exchange, Moulin Rouge (Paris), Chill Out Festival (Istanbul), White Mink (London), Royal Albert Hall (London), as well as playing dance events and parties in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Belgium, Portugal and a plethora of other venues, festivals and parties in cities around Europe.
King of the Swingers Sweet Georgia Brown Five Feet Two Exactly like you I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Minor Swing Nagasaki South Of France Trust In Me Nature Boy Sweet Sue Russian Lullaby Besame Mucho It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing Blue Drag Caravan Jada Bei Mir Bist Du Cheyn After You’ve Gone I’ve Found A New Baby Les Yeux Noir St. James’ Infirmary Tiger Rag Cement Mixer Sugar Hungaria Dunkin’ Bagels Putting On The Ritz Lester Leaps In Rosetta Cherokee Walking Stick Buona Sera When I Get Low Mack the Knife Hit That Jive Jack Flat Foot Floogie Numerous original Swing tunes
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